Cooper's grandfather gives him and his little sister, Carly, deeds to square inches of land in the Yukon. Carly uses them to invent her own imaginary kingdom of Inchland—far away from the silence of their home, where their single mother stays in bed all day. When their mom comes out of her season of sadness bursting with sometimes frightening energy, Carly retreats into Inchland, while sixth-grader Cooper tries to control the chaos. But can Cooper really keep Carly—and himself—safe?
In One Square Inch, Claudia Mills weaves a story that is “Believable and deeply moving” (Publishers Weekly).
About Claudia MillsSee more books from this Author
Sixth grader Cooper relates his account of his mother’s disabling depression that is followed by a manic phase that causes her to shop relentlessly, take on projects she can’t possibly handle, totally abandon housekeeping and finally neglect both children, especially second grader Carly.| Read Full Review of One Square Inch
Mills (How Oliver Olson Changed the World) delivers a compassionate story about life with a bipolar parent. Eleven-year-old Cooper and his younger sister, Carly, consider their life in Colorado normaSep 06 2010 | Read Full Review of One Square Inch
Organized and perceptive, Cooper tries to ignore the unpaid bills, power outage, endless projects, and "unbelievable mess," but his mother's behavior embarrasses and angers him ("I started trying to clean up the kitchen....Sep 06 2010 | Read Full Review of One Square Inch